Embrace Grace is the deliberate creation of community to anchor us as we navigate the difficult work of transformation. People often say that they don’t have the willpower to make long-term, consistently healthy choices. However, it isn’t so much about willpower as it is discerning our deepest desires, the true motivations that keep us inspired in the midst of change.
Transformation is scary, because the revelation of deep truths can challenge long-term relationships that both support us and keep us from making radical change. Plus, too much change in too short a period of time makes it easy to gloss over the deep work and makes it difficult to anchor ourselves in habits that can be maintained through the seasons of the years, and the ups & downs of our personal & professional lives.
Through Embrace Grace, we protect time and create safe space in order to allow for the emergence of deep change. Together, we will:
- Sit in community
- Listen in different ways
- Feel the words/ideas that resonate deeply with us
- Explore those ideas more fully in the following weeks
- Integrate those ideas into our personal lived experiences
- Reflect upon how the ideas illuminate deeper truths within
When we feel safe to speak our truth, then we feel safe to ask for what we really need in order to be fully transformed.
Through Embrace Grace, we explore the 3 modules of Mindset, Movement, and Nourishment from January-September and then hold Sabbath time from October-December. We do this by entering into a rhythm of action and contemplation through Co-creation, Connection, and Contemplation.
Co-creation: unstructured time to work with self-discovery tools one Friday a month, 3-5 pm.
Connection: one Thursday evening a month, 6-8 pm. Within each 3-month module, there are 2 months of guest speakers with group work, and 1 month of integration through Sharing Stories.
Contemplation: contemplative time is supported during a group retreat in October, and an individual retreat with Dr. McCain in November or December.
Module 1: Mindset
Jan 23, 2020, 6-8 pm: Dr. McCain, Laying the Foundation
Feb 7, 2020, 3-5 pm: Word of the Year
Feb 27, 2020, 6-8 pm: Liz Shoop, Mindfulness-based CBT
March 6, 2020, 3-5 pm: Core Value Offer
March 26, 2020, 6-8 pm: Sharing Stories (EG 1)
Module 2: Movement
Apr 3, 2020, 3-5 pm: Release
Apr 23, 2020, 6-8 pm: Val Holmes, Valley Fitness
May 15, 2020, 3-5 pm: Rocks
May 28, 2020, 6-8 pm: Jenny Siepka, Valley Cryo
Jun 12, 2020, 1-4 pm: Liz Shoop, Vision Board (HALF DAY session)
June 25, 2020, 6-8 pm: Sharing Stories (EG 1)
Module 3: Nourishment
July 10, 2020: Celebration
July 23, 2020, 6-8 pm: Dr. McCain
Aug 7, 2020, 3-5 pm: Love Language (Affirmation)
Sept 3, 2020, 6-8 pm: Natalie Kerr, Loneliness/Connection
Sept 18, 2020, 3-5 pm: Surrender
Oct 1, 2020, 6-8 pm: Sharing Stories
Module 4: Sabbath
Saturday, October 24, 9am-3pm: Group Retreat
November-December: 2 hour individual retreats with Dr. McCain (TBD)